Power shortage in India

28/07/2013

Since I arrived in India few months ago I have seen frequent power cuts even in one of the posh colonies New Delhi. Three to five times a day for half an hour or so seems to be a norm. In my travels to rural India it’s not uncommon to see power supply for less than eight hours a day. The factory owners name the unreliable power supply as one of their biggest headache.

Zee news puts the shortage of electricity (in Dec 2012) at more than 12 GW. It also claims that lack of power supply is due to shortage of fuels like coal. That’s anywhere from 10 to 20% shortage. How can India manage to grow with this lack of basic building block of Industry and society at large.

Curious, why do I not see more solar panels on the Delhi roofs or wind turbines on rural areas? Lack of (grid) infrastructure? An issue that I wish to explore further in coming days here.

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